Open your Bibles to Acts chapter five. The title of our message, "Don't Lie to the Holy Spirit." Don't lie to the Holy Spirit. The title of the message this morning, "Don't Mistreat Your Best Friend." And I told you that your best friend is the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is Jesus in you. And um, he is the one who makes manifest the life of the Lord Jesus in your mortal flesh. What a wonderful, wonderful friend is the Holy Spirit.
Now, in the passage of scripture that I'm going to read to you, we find a phrase in here about lying to the Holy Ghost. May I tell you dear friend that all lies are serious. Now sometimes we tell little lies, you know we exaggerate a little bit and uh we think that's not quite so serious. I heard of one preacher who said to one preacher, as they were talking about their Sunday School statistics. This one preacher said, now if I lie about my attendance, and you know that I am lying about my attendance and I know that you know, isn't that like telling the truth? Huh huh. Sometimes we justify our dishonesty. Sometimes we lie about things that we think are frivolous. Most folks will lie a few pounds about their weight, isn't that true? They say that the seven ages of woman are baby, child, jr. miss, young woman, young woman, young woman, and young woman. Huh, huh. Now some lies we think are whimsical and maybe even humorous. But a lie is a very serious thing.
When I told you this morning that Jesus is known as the truth. Satan, the Bible says in John chapter eight verse 44, is a liar and the father of it. When you tell the truth, therefore, you give God an opportunity to work. When you tell a lie, you tell a lie because Satan has already been working.
Now let's see this passage of scripture that has caused us to entitle the message tonight, "Don't lie to the Holy Spirit." "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God." And by the way that's a wonderful proof text that the Holy Spirit is God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in." And by the way if you think we have long church services, this is three hours and it's still going on. "And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she sa ...
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